A Quartet of New World Rustic Reds


Here was an opportunity to taste some hearty, masculine, rustic reds…..from some of our favorite standout American winemakers.

2009 Carlisle Zinfandel  “Carlisle Vineyard”  02

Carlisle vineyard was planted in 1927 in the Olivet Lane area of the Russian River & is organically farmed.  This is owner/winemaker Mike Officer’s Cru Zin, which he says is ‘serious stuff”—produced from an old vine vineyard  which has considerable stuffing, & vinosity yet with wonderful texture, balance & site specific character. 

0a82008 Tritono Malbec “Mendoza”

A terrific Argentinean, grown high up in the foothills of the Andes Mountains (the core—planted in 1926) & crafted by Pinot superstar, Steve Clifton of Brewer Clifton fame.

2009 Behrens Family  “Sainte Fumee”  0a7

A sassy, spicy endeavor—rich, intense, extracted, gutsy, tannic, a powerhouse—36% each of Grenache & Syrah as the base. This is only Les Behrens’ 3rd Sainte Fumee bottling. 

0b42012 Reynvaan Syrah “The Contender”

A dramatic, explosive 96 to 98 pointer from Washington state & phenom Matt Reynvaan, which shows the innate potential the Syrah grape variety has in Washington State.


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